Sunday, December 27, 2009

Gingerbread House

December’09 Daring Bakers challenge: Gingerbread House
This month’s DB challenge was all about gingerbread house..I’ve never made it before but was very excited to try it and since it was the winter break of my nieces and nephews they wanted to help me with it. So I decided to use both the recipe by Anna and Y. the dough was really giving me problem needed to add more liquid, so I left it to rest over night. Next day I came down with the flu and my allergies acted up. I didn’t make the gingerbread house that day wanted to rest still the next 2 days got worse but I went ahead with my challenge. I chose the design and templates of our 200 year old house in the village, I baked them and the all shrunk so I had to size and cut again for assembling… I assembled it but I just could not continued with the decoration so the kids said they will do it…I just felt I could not do well in this challenge and got late in posting due to net problems. =(

Anna's Recipe:
Spicy Gingerbread Dough (from Good Housekeeping)

The December 2009 Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to you by Anna of Very Small Anna and Y of Lemonpi. They chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ everywhere to bake and assemble a gingerbread house from scratch. They chose recipes from Good Housekeeping and from The Great Scandinavian Baking Book as the challenge recipes.

Y's Recipe:
Scandinavian Gingerbread (Pepparkakstuga)
from The Great Scandinavian Baking Book by Beatrice Ojakangas
1 cup butter, room temperature [226g]
1 cup brown sugar, well packed [220g]
2 tablespoons cinnamon
4 teaspoons ground ginger
3 teaspoons ground cloves
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ cup boiling water
5 cups all-purpose flour [875g]
1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until blended. Add the cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Mix the baking soda with the boiling water and add to the dough along with the flour. Mix to make a stiff dough. If necessary add more water, a tablespoon at a time. Chill 2 hours or overnight.
2. Cut patterns for the house, making patterns for the roof, front walls, gabled walls, chimney and door out of cardboard.
3. Roll the dough out on a large, ungreased baking sheet and place the patterns on the dough. Mark off the various pieces with a knife, but leave the pieces in place.
4. [I rolled out the dough on a floured bench, roughly 1/8 inch thick (which allows for fact that the dough puffs a little when baked), cut required shapes and transferred these to the baking sheet. Any scraps I saved and rerolled at the end.]
5. Preheat the oven to 375'F (190'C). Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the cookie dough feels firm. After baking, again place the pattern on top of the gingerbread and trim the shapes, cutting the edges with a straight-edged knife. Leave to cool on the baking sheet.
Royal Icing:
1 large egg white
3 cups (330g) powdered sugar
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon almond extract
Beat all ingredients until smooth, adding the powdered sugar gradually to get the desired consistency. Pipe on pieces and allow to dry before assembling. If you aren't using it all at once you can keep it in a small bowl, loosely covered with a damp towel for a few hours until ready to use. You may have to beat it slightly to get it an even consistency if the top sets up a bit. Piped on the house, this will set up hard over time.
Simple Syrup:
1 cup (200g) water
2 cups (400g) sugar
Combine in a small saucepan and heat until just boiling and the sugar dissolves. Dredge or brush the edges of the pieces to glue them together. If the syrup crystallizes, remake it.


Sue Sparks said...

Wow, you sound like a trooper, trying to meet the challenge even with the flu! It looks great, and that's wonderful that your kids helped out:) Good job on the challenge, and I hope you're feeling better!

silverrock said...

oooo, your gingerbread house is super-cute! And do I see all-sorts?! I love all-sorts!! Way to go on this month's challenge... can't wait to see what you cook up in the New Year!

Aparna said...

What a great idea to make a gingerbread version of your house!

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a very Happy New Year!

Parita said...

Wow your gingerbread house looks fantastic!! Happy Holidays and get well soon!

Jill said...

Wow, you did a good job and not even feeling well--I love the structure and shape. :) I hope you are feeling better soon. :)

foodielover said...

Nice design and shape...wat a fantastic way of doing it.Liked it.Its so different from the rest I've seen so far....beautiful:)
Nithya Praveen

minisuperbias said...

Mixing, baking and construction issues aside, if you'd not said, we'd never know! I love it!

anchan said...

It looks great - what a lovely house to live in! I hope you're feeling better now... Happy New Year!

jayasri said...

hi, love that Ginger bread house, you know why ?, just like mine, the kids enjoyed it!!, That's right, we had a great time, I had a lovely time watching them at work!!, Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such lovely comments dear, I also wish to give my best wishes for the new year ahead, wishing you the best of everything to you and your family love.

Anita said...

I think the house looks great. Hopefully you can have a bit more luck with the next challenge.

Laurel said...

Cute house! You're amazing for working through your illness...I'm sure the kids loved to decorate your fantastic creation! :-)

Lisa Michelle said...

I think your GB house is so unique and it turned out great! I hear ya on the trepidation and motivation when it comes to bulding one! Wishing you and yours a Happy and healthy New Year!

Nadia said...

great work, love the idea if using your own house template

linda said...

Hope by this time you feel better!
Love your house, it could even double as a castle ;)